Fathoms Below (Song)

Last Updated on: February 20th, 2023

Fathoms Below disney song music“Fathoms Below” is the opening song from the 1989 Disney animated film “The Little Mermaid“. The song is sung by a group of sailors on a ship as they prepare to embark on their journey. The music for the song was composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman.

The song sets the tone for the film, introducing the audience to the world of the film and establishing the seafaring atmosphere. The sailors sing about their love for the ocean and their excitement for their upcoming voyage. The melody is upbeat and jaunty, with a nautical sound that complements the lyrics.

One of the most memorable moments in the song occurs when the sailors sing about the mermaids that they believe inhabit the ocean. The lyrics describe the mermaids as “savage and fierce” and warn of their ability to lure sailors to their deaths. This foreshadows the appearance of Ariel, the film’s mermaid protagonist, and hints at the conflict that will drive the film’s plot.

Overall, “Fathoms Below” is a rousing and energetic song that effectively sets the stage for the story that will unfold in “The Little Mermaid”.

Listen to Fathoms Below (Song)

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  • Song Written By: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
  • Song Performed By: The Little Mermaid Cast
  • Year Released: 1989

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